30 November 1957 – Capt Benny Lacombe is killed when he unsuccessfully attempts to bail out of Lockheed U-2A, 56-6704, Article 371, 13 miles SE of Laughlin AFB. Ejection seats had not yet been fitted to U-2s at this point. The history of the U-2 program is fraught with fatalities and crashes. “CIA pilots Wilburn S.
Glenn L. Farnsworth
Major Glenn Farnsworth grew up in Parkersburg, West Virginia. He was drafted into the Army in 1951 during the Korean War and fought in the 45th Infantry Division at Chorwon Valley where he defended T-Bone Hill for over 36 hours. After being honorably discharged in 1953, he then was accepted into the Aviation Cadet Program in 1956. His first assignment was to the 492nd TFS, Chaumont, France flying the F-100D/F.
He had subsequent assignments to RAF Lakenheath, England, George AFB, CA, and Homestead AFB, FL. In 1963, he volunteered for the F-100 Wild Weasel program and afterward, was assigned to Korat, Thailand where he flew 56 SEAD combat missions over North Vietnam. He was awarded the Silver Star for a mission he flew on April 17, 1966. He returned to Homestead AFB, FL, and then was assigned to Luke AFB as an instructor pilot.
He had a second tour in Vietnam, where he was assigned to 531st TFS, Bien Hoa Air Base, South Vietnam where he flew over 60 combat missions in the F-100 D/F Ramrods. His other assignments included Shaw AFB, SC, Dobbins AFB, GA, and RAF Lakenheath, England.
He is a command pilot with over 4000 hours in fighter and attack aircraft. Decorations include the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 4 oak leaf clusters, Korean Service Medal, and Combat Infantry Badge. He retired from the USAF in 1977.
He was married to the former Beverly Jayne King and they lived in Acworth, Georgia.